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on the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. senator john mccain is chief among her critics, but he has since backed off his threat to block her nomination. the two are set to meet tuesday. what a fascinating chat that will be. >> i'm sure they will embrace. >>> also on capitol hill, signs of a growing republican revolt. lawmakers who promised not to raise taxes are now reconsidering. >> they're trying to avoid the fiscal cliff, which looms in just more than a month. abc's karen travers is in washington with the latest. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. there seems to be a realization sinking in for lawmakers from both parties that they're going to have to compromise to reach a deal. but for many republicans, that may mean breaking a long-standing pledge on taxes. >> reporter: the senate's back in session, and the countdown to the fiscal cliff now stands at five weeks. if congress doesn't act, $650 billion in spending cuts and tax increases automatically go into effect on january 1. there are now increasing signs that republicans may be willin
with senator john mccain. before the hamas/israel, flared up. susan rice, she said, initially, basically, her talking points she went on sunday shows with came from fbi and cia not the white house and state department. which kind of threw a little bit of water on some critics who were arguing that her initial response was somehow politically motivated to protect the president. >> and now she's saying she would love to discuss everything with john mccain personally. i fiend interesting. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall of that discussion. >> definitely. >>> now, to the stunning resignation of congressman jesse jackson jr. he is giving of his seat after 17 years in the house. jackson won re-election though in the mayo clinic at the time being treated for bipolar disorder. now, in his resignation letter, he said his deteriorating health is diminishing his ability to serve. jackson reportedly facing a federal investigation as well into possible misuse of campaign funds. >>> okay. if you are not already where you want to be to celebrate turkey day, now might be the time, the perfect ti
ridiculed hillary clinton's foreign policy experience and called john mccain reckless and confused. if the president does nominate her, those who know susan rice well say she's more than up for the fight, and although it would be a bruising confirmation battle, she almost certainly would have the votes to be confirmed. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> interesting parallel that story points out between condoleezza, confirmation process, and this one. "the washington post," interesting profile, i like the human nuggets they find. as u.n. ambassador she gained a reputation for sharp intellect. and sharp elbows. she is not known for diplomatic finesse, known for being aggressive sometimes too aggressive and using salty language on occasion. in private she has a good sense of humor. trying to dig up some humanity on her as well, but clearly she's a bulldog behind closed doors. >> they wouldn't indicate whether or not they would block the nomination if it gets to the point. the president has not nominated her to this point, we just want to make that clear. but some of the beef th
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